Utah Jazz select Alec Burks with 12th pick


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  • Captain L Provo, UT
    June 24, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    Jaycee Carrol is a player I'd like to see the Jazz bring in to camp, he has had a couple of great years in the ACB league , leading scorer, player of the several times, player of the month, etc. He could be a cheap but good combo guard.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    June 24, 2011 8:43 p.m.

    Brahmabull: I think your wrong with your comparisons, Burk will be a good one. Give him a chance, I agree with Bug, he has shown that his shooting is already improving. His handles are great, I'm hoping he will get alot of time at point guard.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    June 24, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    President Joker::You obviously don't pay attention to comments from the Jazz staff, they think Haywards best position and the position they want him to play most is the 2. That gives the Jazz the advantage of having a taller, longer, player at that position. Haywards best position is the 2.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    June 24, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    Terrible pick. A shooting guard that can't shoot... hmmmm. Guess they didn't think that through. Some names that Burks reminds me of: Kirk Snyder (we see how that panned out), Ronnie Brewer (only less athletic, same bad shot), Morris Almond (decent in college but never good enough for NBA)... and I could go on.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    June 24, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    He shooting has already improved after leaving CO. That is why he shot up all the mock drafts. It is clear his shooting is not going to be a problem. Leonard dropped instead. That gives you some indication about Burks.

    SA gave up Hill to get Leonard and Burks is better than Leonard.

    Think about that before whining.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    June 24, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    First team All Big 12 as a Soph? Umm--I'll take that at #12. This kid has wonderful gifts to begin with and seems to improve. He's 19--and what might have we been saying about him two years from now if he would have stayed in college? What might he have become? These are the kind of guys who become your Tony Parkers,---Gary Paytons. Mark me down now. I will admit to being wrong about Kanter if he doesn't pan out but I think it was the right move. No GREAT point guards available and you must take the big and hope for the best. And this kid has a chance to be special.

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    June 24, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    I understand that this was the best pick for us at the 12 but that still does not address how weak we are at the 3pt threat. I hope that KOC gets some one with our extra cash or this will end bad. I don't understand how we are not better considering that we have Jeff for a shooting coach.

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    June 24, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    All you "Expert" cry babies need to do your homework. This is why Miller gave the job to KOC and not you.. Get over it the sun will come up tomorrow.

  • Walter Bellhaven Las Vegas, Nevada
    June 24, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    5 years ago we would have been begging for a "flashy" athlete like Burks. Fickle/uneducated Jazz fans, regretfully, are much too emotional and sensitive.

  • warnason Provo, UT
    June 24, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    The first thought I had when Burks' name was called is that this is like bringing a Ronnie Brewer type guy back to the Jazz. But the more I read about him and watch videos it appears that Burks has a much better handle than Brewer, also I think he has the ability drive and pass, something that Brewer did not do. I don't think he's quite as good of a defender as Brewer, but still very atheletic at 6'6". Listened to Hornacek on the radio this morning and heard him talk about how he wasn't a great shooter when he came into the league, but he worked hard and developed into one. I think after Hornacek works with him his 3 point shooting will improve over time, just like Hayward and Evans really improved after Hornacek worked with their shooting.

  • stgjazzfan Saint George, UT
    June 24, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    Mathews made it as a undrafted player for the Jazz, why not Jackson Emery? I hope there is a summer camp for the NBA.

  • stgjazzfan Saint George, UT
    June 24, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    The Jazz might as well bring Jackson Emery in for Camp and make Burks earn his job at the two guard position. At least we know Jackson plays good defense and can shoot the three much better than Burks does.

  • Dr. Dunkenstein Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    @nothegame | 8:47 a.m. June 24, 2011

    If there is no 2011-12 season, I'm pretty sure that the 2010-11 season record would determine the draft order, which would mean that the Jazz would own the #11, #12, & #42 picks in the 2012 draft (at least initially). The league *could* choose to include a lottery, like they do in normal years, which would mean that there is a small chance the #12 pick could move into the top 3 (the #11 pick is top 7 protected, and would revert back to GS).

    Of course, this all depends on what the new CBA looks like when it is finally agreed on. It is certainly conceivable that the new CBA could include some new method for determining draft order.

  • HugMe Logan, UT
    June 24, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    For all those who are disappointed we didn't draft Jimmer, we would have been the laughing stock of the league if we drafter him at three. When Sactown made the trade before the draft, they did that with the sole purpose of drafting Jimmer. I read the Jazz tried to trade up before the Kings selected (with the Pistons???), but an agreement couldn't be made.

    Now to Burks. He can defend, he can shoot the mid-range jumper, he can create his own shot, he can slash, he is a good FT shooter, and his shooting form looks good. His weakness is the outside shot and that is why he dropped to 12. The same thing was said about Hayward's weakness a year ago. The Jazz are fortunate Burks dropped to 12.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    June 24, 2011 8:47 a.m.

    i like the picks. Question for all u out there. If there is not a season next year what happens to next years draft order. Who goe's first ect.

  • TownsvilleJazzFan Townsville, Queensland
    June 24, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    By picking Burks the Jazz addressed two major deficiencies: team athleticism and the ability to play above the rim. Athleticism doesn't really get better with practice, but shooting can. I like KOC's comment that in today's league, where you can't hand check, slashers have an advantage. Burks gets to the line a lot, and he hits over 80% from the line.

  • JazzMan Centerville, UT
    June 24, 2011 7:07 a.m.

    The Jazz were one of the leagues WORST 3-point shooting teams last year and have done nothing here to help that.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2011 6:07 a.m.

    Burks is a tremendous passer, they may try to use him as the 3rd point guard. I think He and Hayward should be able to hold down that position this year.

    Burks isn't much of a shooter but I think the Jazz have the best shooting coach in the league so hopefully he will se some quick improvement on that.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    June 24, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    KOC has his quirks but you want the right players and KOC has a plan for getting them. In the mean time all young players put a lot of pressure on the Vets to actually make the changes they should make.

    With the loss of Sloan the culture has changed. Sloan loved Vets and continuity. As long as you did kinda what Sloan wanted you were safe. Further, Sloan loved to draft flawed projects who worked hard.

    KOC will trade you in a heart beat if he can get someone better. He also drafts BPA so he gets more talent and better athletes.

    That is more like the SA and OKC cultures. It puts pressure on the older more expensive Vets. They don't run the team any more like Boozer did.

    It shifts the power. The Jazz no longer have to overpay vets. They trade them for draft picks who are cheaper. If you don't perform KOC trades for someone who will.

    KOC will keep getting the best players he can until he gets a championship.

    It is a much better model than the Sloan continuity/basketball school approach.

    OKC/MEM proved that a young teams can win.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 23, 2011 11:00 p.m.


    i agree that it would take a while before the Jazz pick up steam....i hope the fans wont lose hope...we have a very bright future...i know we havent won a championship yet...im sure the jazz would have their day of glory...right now...all they need is our support...make them feel welcome make them love the city....here's to a very bright future

  • Terry Sandy, UT
    June 23, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    Many experts had this kid going in the top 8, so he is a good value at 12. He is an all around great player at everything but 3's which I admit the Jazz really need, but he has a great mid range and inside game and can always get better with 3s with professional help and practice.

  • President Joker Washington, DC
    June 23, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    Hayward is a SF. This allows him to play at his original position.

    June 23, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Boring---------love the Jazz but it is getting harder to put up with yawner selections like these two. Sorry byronbca and fellow-travelers but while I want to cheer for the Jazz the Kings will definitely be much more fun to watch. And a good many of us will be doing just that!

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    June 23, 2011 10:36 p.m.

    Jimmer got the best situation for him. I am happy for him. He could play for the Jazz but it was not the best fit for his strengths.

    Let him polish his PG and defense skills in SAC for a while. The Jazz are still looking for a PG in the future. He may or may not be a better fit then.

    Harris will improve as he gets to know the team better. However, he tends to be injury prone and his shooting efficiency has to improve or KOC will trade him.

    I think KOC is going to trade him anyway if he does not play D, run the team well and improve his shooting efficiency.

    This is just the draft. Wait for the new CBA and then the trades will begin. The Jazz also have next year's draft with more lotto picks.

    The GS pick should yield a good player in a strong draft. In a lock out year without a camp and pre season the Jazz will take a long time to jell and probably be back in the lotto next year.

    They will also make trades.

    Burks is longer and more athletic than Bell.

  • Silly Rabbit Magna, UT
    June 23, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    Most of you all complained after the first round pick last year at #9, then after the season was over nothing but praise for the young man from Butler.

    I sure enjoy all the Professionals out there that think they know what they are talking about. Both these draft picks where the correct choices, maybe not the ones we wanted but they were correct.

    To all of you that are now Kings fans well cool because it just proves that you were never true jazz fans. You are the type of people that believe one player is more important them the team.

    Go Jazz

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    June 23, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    These are quotes from Draft Express

    "...his play defensively was very solid and he looked good overall."

    "...impressed us with his fluidity in drills, ability to put the ball on the ball on the floor in competitive play, and the improved consistency of his shooting mechanics with his feet set...."

    "Perhaps the most positive sign was the way he shot the ball in drills."

    "Burks was the smoothest of the three (Leonard and Lee) off the dribble."

    "...he proved in three-on-three competition that he can use his length and skill-level to get to the rim and draw additional defenders to open up easy opportunities for teammates."

    "Amongst all the prospects we saw this week, Burks seemed to be the most comfortable in his own skin."

    There are reasons why most boards had Burks as a top ten pick. The Jazz are going to be okay on this.

    Wages of Win listed him as the 4th best prospect in the draft.

    Hollinger's draft rater put him up with Leonard as one of the best wings.

    Give him a year or more like Hayward.

    To many GMs rated him highly for him to bust.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    The Jazz probably did as well as they could with the players in this draft. Burks does not have good form when he shoots from distance, but it appears to me it is a strength issue more than technique. He really changes form for long range shots. So, as he gets stronger, the distance may come. I am not sure they did not draft more the best combo guard in the draft. Play him at one, with Heywards, some one the three, and you may have a very, very good wing group of players.

  • MidMajor4ever Syracuse, UT
    June 23, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    As a long time Jazz season ticket holder, I'm excited to have the athletic, slashing Burks. Burks is the player I was hoping for with the 12th pick in this year's draft. It's nice to have an athlete that can defend and score.

    I'm also excited for Jimmer. Everything fell into place for him going to a weak team that traded their PG. While he could be a good player off the bench like Eddie House, he lacks the quickness and overall athleticism to run a playoff caliber team.

    Those fans that are now Kings fans instead of Jazz fans, well, you weren't Jazz fans to begin with. I love to see our local kids do well in pro sports but I never switch my loyalty. FYI, we will continue to bring in 19,911 with or without you.

    Black Shirts, let me guess, you were a 49ers fan when Young was there and now you are a Colts fan, right? Enjoy the Kings.

    Go Jazz!

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    June 23, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    Kings got worst with Udrih trade he was only PG in roster.

  • Jesse Tooele, UT
    June 23, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    Anyone who is threatening to stop being Jazz fans, because Jimmer went to the Kings, were never really Jazz fans. Good riddance. I will personally have more interest in the Kings now than I did before, which was zero interest but that's it.

    Now onto Burks. I like Burks game and I think the Jazz must have had him pegged as the best available player. I don't think he plays like Brewer at all. He is an incredible athlete but that is where the comparisons should stop. He has a smooth looking jumper, just not the range on that jumper yet, kind of like DeShaun just before he was traded for Giricek. What I like most is that he can create his own shot. Last year towards the end of the season, only Harris and Hayward were able to do that. I would have loved Kawhi because I think a 3 is a bigger need. In my opinion, Hayward is absolutely a 2 guard. We still have free agency eventually and who knows, AK might resign, so we can still get a 3.

  • Black Shirts South Jordan, UT
    June 23, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    1984 for life | 9:23 p.m. June 23, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT

    You say the Kings are awful and the Jazz are good? If you haven't noticed Harris is the worst defensive player I've seen.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    @ Black Shirts

    You're killin me with your comments. Keep up the good work. BTW I feel sorry for the Jimmer. The Kings are awful and he better learn soon to defer (pass) the ball to Tyreke or DeMarcus.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    @ Black Shirts

    You're killin me with your comments. Keep up the good work. BTW I feel sorry for the Jimmer. The Kings are awful and he better learn soon to defer (pass) the ball to Tyreke or DeMarcus.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    The Jazz had a hard choice to make between Leonard, Singleton, and Burks, I hope they got it right. I like this pick because Burks was the only player left who I think could become a difference maker in a few years.

    Burks had more upside than anyone left in the draft, he's a big 2 whose a superior athlete with an enormously massive 6'10" wingspan. He slipped to 12 because he needs to work a lot on his shooting and defense, but those are things he can learn.

    The bottom line with Burks is that he has all the tools to become a great player, he just needs to learn how to use them.

    PS: I love how all the Jimmer trolls are threatening to become Kings fans because of this. Good luck with that!

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    June 23, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    What I find interesting is the shift in philosophy. No longer did Sloan get to pick players to fit 'his' system. The Jazz picked the best talent available with their picks.

    Makes you wonder who else would be on the Jazz.. cough.. CP3 cough..

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    June 23, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    I have commented here that many would be surprised Jimmer was not the first pick. He went after quite a few other guards were selected. A start at the Y, but will be a role player in the NBA. Whenever they have a season again.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    June 23, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    @B Russ
    That's what I was saying before the draft...Burks has played some PG at Colorado due to necessity when their PG went down to injury. He supposedly did fine. Most importantly, whatever the challenge, he seems to rise to it. He's a gamer, he plays hard, and he is a good all-round athlete. There will be games when he and Hayward play side-by-side, both good passers and both with good court vision. They are going to find the open man most of the time and both can get off their own shot. Hope Stockton invites Alec up to his gym this summer.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    June 23, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    @True Blue, The Jazz already have a shooting guard, Hayward and after the way he defended Kobe don't tell me he cant defend at the #2.

    The Jazz greatest need was a pure shooter and the best shooter by far was Marshon Brooks who also happened to be the best athlete at the combine, scoring near the top in almost every athletic ability test.

  • True Blue Fullerton, CA
    June 23, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    You guys are ridiculous. Did you see who else was on the board at 12? There were no good shooters who could also play basketball left. The Jazz needed a guard and he was by far the best guard available.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    June 23, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    In my opinion. Of the players that were left on the board when the Jazz picked at 12, the only one I would have taken before Burks is Leonard. I think Leonard not bothering to show up for his Sunday work out had something to do with why they decided to go with Burks. The Jazz have really been watching film on Burks the past few days and are said to be intrigued with his ability to also play the point guard position. That along with his scoring and rebounding abilities.

  • JazzRule Bountiful, UT
    June 23, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    I'm not worried about the shooting at all.

    Brandon Roy shot 22% his sophomore season and by his senior season was shooting 40%.

    Burks shot 35% his freshman year and 29% his sophomore year.

    Burks draws fouls and his a highly efficient shooter inside. He shoots over 50%. He is also long and athletic.

  • Black Shirts South Jordan, UT
    June 23, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    Vince | 7:29 p.m. June 23, 2011
    The Boonies, Mexico

    You'll get it when Ferdette is dropping 20+ on the JAZZ while Burks is asking for a trade and hitting 4 pts a game. The kings were the smart team today. KOC is worthless. I'll get the gear tomorrow. I think the kings just got a lot of fans while the Jazz will be in the lottery again next year and selling tickets at 1/2 price. The years are numbered.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    June 23, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    @Kakashi, I made a mistake, Golden State had the 11th pick in the draft so they would end up with #11 and #12 plus their own #12 pick in the second round since they wouldn't have to give that away twice.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    June 23, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Sorry fans, you don't develop a shot in the pros. You can usually take the FG % in college and subtract 3-5%. This was even the case for a great shooter like John Stockton except for the one year he shot 57% from the field. But bottom line, you either have the eye-hand coordination to shoot or you don't. Perhaps better decision making at the pro level might help Burks shoot a higher % but most of the time take the college % and subtract 3-5% and that's what you can expect.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 23, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    you dont build a team around harris...there's a reason he's traded twice...he just wont give in to a pass first mentality...he will always be...shoot first PG...


    i sure hope there is a season...i dont want us getting 2 second round picks...

    hope the jazz try to trade for felton....Felton would be a better fit than Harris...i hope...they use Hayward the right way...im getting worried they wont ran plays through him...he wont be able to show his skill set...

  • kswiss Norman, OK
    June 23, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    I hope we didn't just draft Brewer and Koufus versions 2.0. Brewer helped a little bit but was a minor role player at best and Koufus was a joke. hmm....I'm not the scout though, so we'll see.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    Just a quick reminder that Hayward shot 29.4% his final year of college.

    Oh, I also wanted to remind you that you were upset with KOC for picking him too.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    Kanter, Favors, Jeffeson and Milsap, good luck guys, your work is cut out for you, opposing teams will be packing the lane like never before.

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    June 23, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    For all those who wanted to draft a 'shooter' ... There are plenty of guys available in Free Agency whom the Jazz can sign to shoot the ball. I still think Mike Redd would be a perfect fit for the Jazz.

    And let's not forget that Korver, a pure shooter, had to sit lots in the playoffs because he couldn't defend Wade and without hitting his shot, he became a HUGE liability.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    Burks can score the ball. That's for sure. He slashes to the basket and has a mid-range game. He can dunk the ball any way you want it dunked. Alec Burks will be a good player for the Jazz. Will he be as good as Kawhi Leonard in the NBA? I don't think so, but I hope I'm wrong.

  • Observation-ist Ogden, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    I read comments that Burks is not a second version of Ronnie Brewer. IMHO, YES he is. By his own admission, Locke tagged him as a 'scorer'. He's athletic. He gets into the paint. We don't need our SG driving into the paint where Favors, Kanter, Jefferson, Milsap ... you name it ... is waiting with their defender.

    All that being said, perhaps Coach Corbin is going to install a new offense. If I'm CJ, I'm not worried about a slasher taking my spot. That was already decided when the Jazz shipped Ronnie Brewer off. Come on Gordon. Really ... come on Gordon!!!

    I don't consider that I know more than the Jazz brain thrust so I'll just conclude with ... I'm curious ... and excited for Jimmer

  • Sptfyre51 Provo, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    I really liked the pick. He is a good athlete who plays with a chip on his shoulder. He did shoot poorly from deep, but had a good FT%, which shows he can shoot the ball. He has good mechanics and when he develops a jump shot he will be looked at as a steal

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    Time will tell. I'm willing to give this kid a chance.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    @Kakash, The way it looks there will be no 2011 season, in which case next years draft would either have to be a lottery or go by last years records, maybe we get a shooter in that one. That would mean Sacramento's pick would be protected, but we would still get the #12.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:38 p.m.


    Big; Shooter.

    Got an unproven big.

    Got a shooter (?) that shot 20 something % from the college 3.

    2 lottery picks and you come up with this. (Cleaned up considerably for the DN)

    Hey, it's KOC and the Jazz...

    Why should fans expect anything more?

  • knightrider Hurricane, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    I don't know why everyone wanted Kawhi Leonard or Chris Singleton. It's not like either one of them can shoot either, and they aren't the athletes that Burks is. I'm happy with Burks, he's athletic and seems like a hard worker. Kanter is not another Fesenko, for which we can ALL be happy about. With this pick I think it means that we will not be resigning Fesenko (hallelujah). It's not the best draft, but it's also not the worst either.

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    June 23, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    Love this pick. Obviously Jimmer would have been a better pick, but the price to get him was too high.

    Burks can handle the ball and could play PG at times. If Coach Horny can improve AK's outside game, Burks will look like Ray Allen after a season. Burks can create his own shot, he's athletic enough to defend the good 2's and maybe some 1's, the Jazz were one of the worst teams at getting to the free throw line and they addressed that problem.

    Good job KOC!

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    June 23, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    Leonard just got traded to SA for Hill.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    June 23, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    Wow will it be nice now not to have to put up with all of the Jimmer backers that are now swinging to Sac. Great, the ESA will still be filled nightly and the "whinners" from the south can cry somewhere else besides our web sites! Just make sure all of you that made the threats of switching and following Jimmer do just that!

  • Ali_G Bear River City, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    Haha Jazz fans are so ridiculous! I have never heard of a pick you guys didnt complain about

  • GoColts Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    A lot of people think Burks could be the one of the best players to come out of the draft. Most mock drafts had him going before the Jazz pick. He has all the tools necessary, including the jumper form, to be an excellent player WITH a good jumpshot. Did you see Brewers shot?? He had no chance at becoming very good. Burks is a totally different player, and will still be a huge upgrade over Raja.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    Burks owns the scoring record at Colorado but the people on this board say he can't shoot. I think his numbers speak for themselves.

    He is also averaging 6 rebounds a game which is better than just about any NBA guard and most NCAA guards, so he must be somewhat aggressive and he can handle the ball which is great.

    Good choice KOC, got your big and a shooter, the team can use Harris and build around him and be contenders still.

  • Veracruz Brentwood, CA
    June 23, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    The Jazz just Jimmered themselves in the foot.

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    June 23, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    Just watched college hoops, Burks shooting motion is inconstant that's why he misses lot or just can't make it. I mean 3's, which is very important against zone defense.

  • Ak Fan Hamburg, GE
    June 23, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Did you see his unhappy face? He is already trouble.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    @Bugoff, Burks had the tools to defend (keyword) but didn't. How is he a better shooter than his critic's claim when he hit 30% from college 3 point line? What will he shoot from 3 feet farther out.

    @Black shirt, I agree with you on Brooks, he is a far better athlete than Burks and can shoot the lights out. My only worry about him is he is a ball hog.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    June 23, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    Jimmer was the only shooter left after about 7 or 8, so with him going to Sacramento, the Jazz had to pick the best "athlete" left. I'd rather have seen Singleton for defense, but maybe Burks will surprise us.

    Way to go, Jimmer! On a team without a starting PG! Into the fire you go!

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    June 23, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    Wages of Win project Burks as the 4th best pick in the draft of the college players based on their model. He is right after Leonard. He also ranked high on Hollinger's drafting model.

    Burks is a much better pick than most people realize.

    I personally wanted a shooter but Burks should develop better shooting than he showed in college.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    June 23, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    Kawhi Leonard...Chris Singleton...maybe they saw something in Alec Burks that we didnt see...i would've loved it if they added a shooter...we lack a few shooters

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    One can only hope that Burks is the one San Antonio coveted and we'll end up with Tony Parker out of this. For a team so desperate for outside shooting this is not a good pick. With him being a slasher with no outside shooting he will not be doing much slashing with opposing teams packing the middle even worse than before.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    June 23, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    Go watch Burks play. CO ran a weird offense. Burks is an athlete. He has the tools to defend and will. He can shoot much better than his critics claim. Most boards had him at about 10.

    He is not Brewer. He has good shooting form. Give him a couple of years and he should develop into a decent player.

    I am not thrilled but who were better alternatives at 12? Singleton has his own limitations.

  • Black Shirts South Jordan, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    KOC, I'm going to prove I'm smarter than you. Marshon Brooks!

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    June 23, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    Before the Jazz put together another trade they need to waive KOC.

  • Black Shirts South Jordan, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    My new team is the KINGS, Evans, Cousins, and Ferdette. That team will be fun to watch.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    June 23, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    Well Jazz fans, Burks is not Jimmer and he's not Brewer. Let's wait and see what he brings to the court, to the team. I'm betting he will be in the top 7 of the Jazz rotation sometime in his second year. I know one thing...with the addition of Kanter and Burks, the Jazz just became a better overall rebounding team.

  • Black Shirts South Jordan, UT
    June 23, 2011 7:00 p.m.

    Burks can't shoot. The Jazz get another CJ. KOC you are terrible. Jimmer will drop 20 on the Jazz and Burks will get 2 max. This is...............

  • lukekeeler EVANSVILLE, WY
    June 23, 2011 6:57 p.m.

    Wow. Hopefully a trade will occur. If Burks can't slash to the hoop, he will be ineffective. Defense issues as well. Another depressing draft.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    June 23, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    79Ute.....I is well documented that he can not shoot. What a waste of a pick.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    June 23, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    Hope he can shoot. Jazz seem to attract shooting guards who can't.

  • bballjunkie Cedar Hills, UT
    June 23, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    And you were worried about the Jimmer! Can you say bust! this pick was a waste.